A Non-Geeks’ Guide to the DC vs. Marvel Hollywood Showdown

Of the 10 biggest box office movies in history, three are Marvel comic book movies released in the last three years (The Avengers 1 & 2 and Iron Man 3). They combined to earn more than $4 billion—yes, with a “b.” Marvel has dominated Hollywood recently, but comic rival DC is rebooting franchises with its own iconic heroes, gearing for a box-office showdown of super proportions. Here’s a guide to the war for comic supremacy:

###DC Comics Movies

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice — The sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel features an angry Batman (Ben Affleck) squaring off with a not-so-heroic Superman.

Suicide Squad — David Ayers (Fury, End of Watch) directs the story of a group of supervillains—led by Jared Leto’s Joker—embarking on a suicide mission.

A New Batman Movie (title TBA) — Ben Affleck, who directed the Oscar-winning Argo, will helm an upcoming stand-alone film about the Dark Knight.

### DC Comics Television

Supergirl — CBS’s Supergirl series is a family-friendly take on the grown-up world of DC heroes starring Melissa Benoist, best known for Glee.

Arrow — The CW’s series about the Green Arrow shares villains and other universe elements with another network hit…

The Flash — The premiere of the CW’s The Flash—about a young man given superhuman speed in a lab accident—was one of its biggest hits ever.

###Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

Captain America: Civil War — The latest installment in the adventures of the Avengers heroes, Civil War will feature several familiar faces and the debut the latest Spider-Man—19-year-old Tom Holland.

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Doctor Strange — Benedict Cumberbatch stars alongside Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Spider-Man — If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the third franchise reboot in the last 15 years.

###Marvel Cinematic Universe Television

Daredevil — Season 2 of the Netflix hit will feature another notable comic book name: The Punisher (played by Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal).

Jessica Jones — Krysten Ritter (who played Jesse’s girlfriend Jane on Breaking Bad), stars as the superhero P.I. in the Netflix show.

Iron Fist — Rumors have Ryan Phillippe connected to star as the martial artist with the power to revive careers of former heartthrobs.

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